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Here is another obituary article about the very popular Erie Pennsylvania Alderman , Edward Hayes.  This article provides us with a special treat!  It has a picture of the well liked man. He died on March 5, 1926 in Erie, Pennsylvania.
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Published in the Contra Costa Times on November 27, 1986

MARTINEZ – Wylda B Nimidoff, 81, died Tuesday at the Martinez Convalescent Hospital.

A homemaker, Nimidoff was a native of Paterson, N.J., and a resident of Martinez for the last 1-1/2 years.

Recitation of the Rosary will be at 6:15 p.m. Friday at Connolly & Taylor Chapel, Martinez.  Entombment will be at the Bellevue Memorial Gardens, Daytona Beach, FL.

She is survived by her son, Joe Nimidoff of Oakland; daughter Cynthia of Lafayette; two sisters, Marie Scherer of Walnut Creek and Stephanie Sessions of Delhi, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.

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BERKELEY – Donald William Yerks Sr., 81, of the Bayville section of Berkeley, died Monday, Nov. 24 at home.

He has lived in Bayville for the last 46 years, and retired from the Ciba-Geigy Corp. of Toms River in 1984 after working there 20 years.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Force as a staff sergeant.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Minabell a son and daughter-in-law, Donald W. and Ann Emily Yerks Jr., of Brielle a daughter and son-in-law, MaryAnn and Richard Sengstack of Whiting a brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Edna Yerks of Toms River and two grandchildren, Ashley and Sean Yerks.

Visiting will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 at the Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Silverton Cemetery, Hooper Avenue, Toms River.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Van Dyke Hospice, c/o Community Medical Center, 99 Route 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755, or the American Cancer Society, 1035 Hooper Ave., Toms River, NJ 08753.

James L. Yerks Jr. of Cos Cob died on Oct. 1 at Greenwich Hospital. He was 95 years old.

Mr. Yerks was born in Goldens Bridge, N.Y., on May 21, 1912 to the late Catharine and James L. Yerks Sr. He had lived in Greenwich since 1919.

Mr. Yerks retired from Petro Oil. He was a member of the Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Company since 1933 and served as treasurer for many years. In addition, Mr. Yerks was a member of GREATS, Westchester Fairfield Horticultural Society, Kiwanis Club of Greenwich, Mianus River Boat and Yacht Club and Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Yerks was predeceased by his first wife, Eleanor Hone Yerks, his second wife, Florence Baird Yerks, his brother Kenneth Yerks and his sister Mary Ferris.

He is survived by his sons, James L. Yerks III of Stratford and Raymond K. Yerks of Coral Springs, Fla.; his stepson, Edward Baird of Greenwich; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Mr. Yerks’s memory may be made to the Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Department.

CLARENCE LEROY “CY” YERKS, 87, beloved husband, father and grandfather, of Silverton, TOMS RIVER, died Sunday, May 20, at The Pines at Whiting. Born Nov. 26, 1919, in Silverton, Mr. Yerks was the son of the late William Yerks and Myrtie Gant Yerks.

Mr. Yerks, a lifetime resident of Silverton, was a local mechanic and car repair expert for 70 years. He was the sole proprietor of Cy’s Garage on Brand Road, Silverton, for 45 years, previously owning garages on Church Road, Route 9 and Route 37 in Toms River. He began his career in 1935 as a mechanic working for Maimone Cadillac Dealership, Main Street, Toms River. He was an active member of the Osbornville Protestant Church, Laurelton, for more than 25 years; an avid car enthusiast and Barnegat Bay boater. Mr. Yerks’ family ancestors were among the early settlers in the area.

Mr. Yerks was predeceased by his first wife, Doris Yerks, in 1952; a daughter, Carol Atkinson; a son, Donald; and a brother, Donald. Surviving are his wife, Edna May Westervelt Yerks; a daughter, Nancy Hannah of Farmingdale; three sons, Gerald Yerks of Meridian, Miss., John A. Kolchin and his wife Gail Driscoll of Cranford, and Mark Kolchin and his wife Cynthia of Lanoka Harbor, Lacey; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Kedz Funeral Home, 1123 Hooper Ave., Toms River. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Internment will follow in Silverton Cemetery, Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Silverton First Aid Squad, Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753.

DELHI — Walter Clarke Root III, 78, of Clifton Park, former longtime Delhi resident, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at Schuyler Ridge Health Care Residence in Clifton Park after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

The son of the late Walter C. Jr. and Helen (Crane) Root, he was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Kansas City, Mo., where he began his formal education at the University of Kansas, then joining the U.S. Merchant Marine. He was appointed a cadet midshipman and graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point with a bachelor of science degree, later seeing duty on T-2 tankers in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf until the end of World War II.

After the war, he began a long career in the hospitality industry, eventually going to New York City where he served as domestic sales representative for Sheraton Hotels.

He later became director of sales for Intercontinental Hotels Corp., a subsidiary of Pan-American Airways, for which he traveled extensively, assisting in opening hotels in all Pan-Am destination cities in Latin America.

Later a director of group travel and sales incentive tours for Embassy Tours, Walter subsequently re-joined Sheraton Hotels as director of international sales and, in 1968, became general manager of Grapetree Bay Hotel in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Root family came to Delhi in 1972, where Walter joined the Hospitality Division at SUNY-Delhi and taught hotel sales and marketing, housekeeping and tourism for 13 years until retirement. He moved to Clifton Park three years ago.

A U.S. Navy reservist, Boy Scout counselor and assistant troop leader, he was founder of the Association of Group Travel Executives and was a member of the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association, St. Mary’s Parish in Waterford and served in numerous charitable and civic volunteer capacities over the years.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Barbara (Sessions) Root; two sons, Walt of Clifton Park, and Bill and his wife, Ellen, Root of Altamont; four grandchildren, Kevin, Brian and Megan Root, Samantha and her husband, Brian, Taylor; and a great-grandson, Austin Taylor.

He was predeceased in 2001 by his only sister, Helen Hill.

Friends are invited to call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Hall & Peet Funeral Home in Delhi, where the family will be in attendance and a vigil service will be held at 8:30 p.m. A funeral Mass, to celebrate Walter’s life, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at St. Peter’s Church, Delhi, where he was a former parishioner. The Rev. James McDevitt will preside, assisted by deacon Thomas O’Connell. Burial will be later in the Woodland Cemetery. A reception, following the Mass, will be at the SUNY-Delhi Hospitality Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Blvd., Suite 4-B, Staten Island, NY 10305, will be appreciated.

Arrangements are entrusted to Robert A. Peet & Son, Delhi.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH Frederick Shares Barnes, 82, of North Causeway, a former electronics technician, died Friday at Ocean View Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Barnes, an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, was born in North Haven, Conn., and came to this area in 1981 from Atlanta. He was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, American Legion Post 11, Helena, Ark., Delta Gamma Phi, American Radio Relay League, Coronado Wireless Association, where he was a past president, and International Association of Theater Service Engineers. He was a licensed amateur radio operator for 55 years. Also, he was an instructor for the Adult Literacy Program at Daytona Beach Community College.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; two sons, Richard, Tampa, and Fred, Atlanta; a daughter, Jean Yerks, Port Chester, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association, Spaceport Branch, 412 S. Palmetto Ave., Daytona Beach 32114, or to St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 4220 Saxon Drive, New Smyrna Beach 32169. Baldwin-Hughey is in charge.

HAYES-Agnes B. Age 92. On April 15, 1997. Beloved wife of the late James V. Devoted mother of Mary- Ann Mumma, James B. and John. Adored grandmother of ten. Dearest great-grandmother of four. Friends may call at Frank E. Campbell, 1076 Madison Ave. at 81st St., Wednesday, 6-8PM. Funeral Mass on Thursday, St. Thomas More, 65 E. 89th St., 10AM. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Interfaith Neighbors, Inc., 247 E. 82nd St., NY NY 10028.

James Vincent Hayes, a trial lawyer specializing in antitrust matters and a past president of the New York

County Lawyers Association, died Saturday at his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

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Thanks to Carolyn Gibbons of North Carolina, a ROAGK volunteer who found this obituary for me.

Edward Schnedier, 82, died Saturday.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church by the Rev. Martin Caldwell.  Burial will be in the old Bethesda Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Tierney Schneider; one daughter, Mrs. Eleanore Dorsett of Fayetteville; and two grandchildren.

And thanks ROAGK volunteer Phil Bible who found Richard Curry, who lives in the area of Bethesda Cemetery for the picture of the grave and posting it on

Grave of Edward Schneider and Eleanor V (Tierney) Schneider